TARPON SPRINGS - The Pinellas County government hosted a valve-turning ceremony on Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m., at the S.K. Keller Water Treatment Plant, 3655 Keller Circle, in the East Lake area of Tarpon Springs.
Commissioner Janet Long from the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners spoke during the event, informing audience members of the facility having the latest in energy-saving technology, centralized operations, new booster pumps, maintenance, warehousing, and training facilities in the Category 3 hurricane-rated building. The new electrical building can withstand a Category 5 storm.
TARPON SPRINGS - For Boy Scouts, every merit badge is an achievement, but some are even more special to the boys, their parents and Scout leaders.
Troop 106 out of Tarpon Springs had one of those special moments when five of their Scouts received their Open Water Scuba Diving Certification, one of the hardest merit badges to earn in the Boy Scouts, said Scout Master Rick Hardin.
“You don’t often see the scuba diving merit badge,” Hardin said.
To receive the badge, Scouts have to become certified.
TARPON SPRINGS - City staff gave a showcase presentation on the improvements it has made to the irrigation system at Cycadia Cemetery.
“An irrigation system properly functioning is the foundation of having a healthy turf, attractive grounds, something that we believe we owe to the community to respect those that have passed before us,” Public Service Director Paul Smith said in kicking off the presentation.
As a perpetual care facility, the city-owned burial ground is something that will be taken care of by staff for the foreseeable future and will constantly require updates.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs is looking to hit undelete on one of Gov. Rick Scott’s budget vetoes. Commissioner Rea Sieber called for an addendum to the June 6 City Commission agenda to discuss Scott’s veto of the Anclote River dredge project funding in the budget for the state’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
On Friday, June 2, the commissioners received word that the governor would use his veto power to remove close to $11.9 billion dollars from the coming state budget.
TARPON SPRINGS - Kansas City has a barbeque history that goes back as early as the 1900’s, and after a Missouri native made his way to Tarpon Springs, he made sure to bring a little bit of that culinary history with him.
Mike Kaiser and his wife Nancy’s barbeque spot, KCQue has recently moved from a small spot at 900 Backwater Drive in Tarpon Springs to their new and fully renovated spot in downtown. Their story started long before that, though.
Mike Kaiser was a competition barbequer back in Missouri.
TARPON SPRINGS -- When looking for workout styles and plans, many people look towards running, CrossFit, Zumba, general gym-going and even dance. Erin Taliah’s Hipnique Studio’s is bringing women another option: belly dance.
Bellydance by Taliah relocated to 39334 U.S. 19 N., in Bradley Plaza, from Trinity about three weeks ago, but Taliah’s journey started long before then.
“During all of my 20s I traveled the world,” Taliah said. She decided to delay college and do humanitarian work overseas.
TARPON SPRINGS - For the third time, the City Commission has explored possible ways to spend the city’s share of Penny for Pinellas revenue if the countywide special sales tax levy wins another 10-year lease on life.
They aren’t, however, done yet.
The latest perusal of the city’s list of possible Penny for Pinellas-funded city infrastructure projects came during the commission’s May 2 meeting.
After the commission’s previous meeting, a comprehensive list of proposed Penny projects from 2020 until 2030 were listed on the city website.
TARPON SPRINGS - During its May 2 meeting, the City Commission meeting held the second of two readings of the repeal of the temporary moratorium on medical cannabis dispensaries.
“This particular application is the final stage in getting rid of the moratorium since you have adopted cannabis standards,” said Heather Urwiller, city planning and zoning director. “You’re still a little bit ahead of the curb.”
This moratorium repeal effectively adopts Ordinances 2017-10, 2017-11 and 2017-12, which regulate the dispensing of medical marijuana within the Tarpon Springs city limits.
TARPON SPRINGS - On Wednesday, April 12, members of the art community, Tarpon Springs residents and city officials both past and present, came out to the Heritage Museum to honor Kathy Monahan as she leaves her position with Tarpon Arts.
The speakers were numerous, and their relationship to Kathy varied. What stood as a constant was their high praise for Monahan.
Artist Christopher Still presented Kathy with a painting.
Former Tarpon Springs Mayor David O. Archie, though happy she will finally have time for a break, said Monahan was leaving her position with some unfinished business.
TARPON SPRINGS - During the April 18 board meeting, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority updated the commissioners on service developments in Tarpon Springs.
PSTA CEO Brad Miller is on a tour of the North Pinellas County cities, giving each city updates on transit developments.
Miller reports to a board of 15 elected officials in Pinellas County. The three North Pinellas County cities of Safety Harbor, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs rotate holding a seat on the board. Currently, Mayor Doug Bevis of Oldsmar is the north county representative. Bevis was not in attendance for the presentation because Oldsmar’s city council meets the same day as Tarpon Springs’.
TARPON SPRINGS -- A homegrown music legend was honored at the April 18 Tarpon Springs City Commission meeting for his accomplishments and work in the community.
In January, the Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the 2017 Florida Folk Heritage Award recipients. The list included Pastor William Emerson of Tarpon Springs.
“The board of commissioners and the people of Tarpon Springs want to say thank you to you as well and to congratulate you for your accomplishments, and your contributions to our society,” Mayor Chris Alahouzos said. “Thank you for your service to the Navy during World War II and for being the most talented musician and actually one of the founders of Rock n’ Roll.”